Five stories you might have missed from the weekend

A quick catch up of this weekend's top stories...

Finian McGrath 'supports' HPV vaccine campaign

Super Junior Minister Finian McGrath 'supports the campaign' in support of the HPV vaccine programme, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said.

It comes after the junior minister admitted he did raise concerns about the HPV vaccine weeks before entering government.

In an interview in today's Sunday Times, Minister McGrath stood over his actions in raising those concerns - but could not cite the scientific study behind them.

Coveney says Arlene Foster has made 'real effort' to reach compromise in North

The Foreign Affairs Minister has praised the DUP leader for 'making a real effort' to resolve the stalemate in Northern Ireland.

The North has been without an Executive since the Stormont Assembly collapsed in January.

Talks between the DUP, Sinn Féin and various smaller parties got underway after the election in March, but so far no agreement has been reached to restore power-sharing.

Housing Minister: "People shouldn’t be dying on the streets"

The Housing Minister has said "people shouldn’t be dying on the streets", and said the Government is doing "intensive work" to try and tackle the homelessness crisis.

Eoghan Murphy was speaking following the deaths of three homeless people in recent days.

A 30-year-old woman was discovered in a tent at Gilabbey Park in Cork at around 2am on Friday morning, and later pronounced dead.

UN: Estimated 45 million affected by floods in South Asia

The UN says at least 45 million people - including 16 million children - are estimated to have been affected by heavy flooding in parts of South Asia.

Nepal, India and Bangladesh have been hit by torrential rain and intense flooding in recent weeks, with the monsoon season expected to last for several weeks yet.

Almost 1,300 people are believed to have died since mid-August as a result of flooding and landslides.

Record-breaking US astronaut Peggy Whitson arrives back on Earth

Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson has returned to Earth along with two of her fellow International Space Station crew members.

Whitson, her NASA colleague Jack Fischer and Russia's Fyodor Yurchikhin landed in Kazakhstan at around 2.30am Irish time.

Ms Whitson - who has served as ISS commander twice - broke the US record for cumulative time in space back in April, and has now spent a total of 665 days in space over the course of three missions (over 130 days more than previous record holder Jeff Williams).